Earth Institute Staff Directory

Alexander Heil

Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs , School of International and Public Affairs

Adjunct Lecturer , M.S. in Sustainability Management


BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Alexander Heil is the Chief Economist in the Planning and Regional Development Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. As Chief Economist, Dr. Heil provides strategic leadership on regional economic issues to the agency. He is responsible for developing and managing the agency’s economic research and analysis agenda, helping to ensure that the agency’s major investment and policy decisions are informed by sound economic principles and analysis, and increasing awareness of the region as a unified economic entity by regional governmental, business, and civic leaders. Dr. Heil’s experience includes analyzing regional economic conditions, conducting regional cost benefit analysis, assessing the regional economic impacts of transportation investments, and undertaking economic and financial project evaluations.

Prior to his appointment at the Port Authority, he was an Economist at CDM Smith Inc., where he conducted management consulting for government entities and private industry clients. He also worked at Cambridge Systematics Inc., Commonwealth Research Group Inc., and Arthur Andersen Business Consulting. His extensive teaching experience includes serving as an adjunct faculty member at Tufts University and Emmanuel College. Dr. Heil holds a Ph.D. in Transportation Economics from the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom. He received his bachelor’s degree from Hawai’i Pacific University and his master’s degree in Economics from Golden Gate University.